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Cheers for a Cause

Giving Tuesday may have wrapped up a couple weeks ago, but the Treleaven family is continuing to give back to the local community on a daily basis. We can always promise to create delicious wines for people to enjoy, but there is no better way to say “thank you” to every customer who has in some way led to the success of our small farm winery than by giving back.

Part of the Treleaven vision is to help support local nonprofit organizations in their missions to create stronger communities. Whether donating proceeds from sales of a specific wine, or donating an overall percentage of revenues or profits, we are always trying to find a way to make a difference.

So if you’re looking for opportunities to be charitable in 2017, why not drink Treleaven wine (or a slushy) for a good cause?

We combined our love for wine and animals this past year with the release of our newly rebranded sweet wines, the Treleaven Sophistocrats, to benefit the Tompkins County SPCA.  The line is made up of three sweet wines formerly known as the Saumon, Gilded Lily and Mystére. The update included imaginative labels of illustrated animals, as well as the SPCA branding on the foil capsule.

fullsizerender-4A portion of the purchase price is being donated to the Tompkins County SPCA in their continuing work to advance the safety and well being of animals in the local area.  Since being introduced to the market in July 2016, the winery has raised $2,010.78, including $720 raised in raffle donations during the Sophistocrat Wine Release party.

The Tompkins County SPCA is a non-profit no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation.  Anyone interested in donating to the SPCA can make a secure online gift at by clicking the “Donate Now” graphic, can mail a check to the SPCA at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca NY 14850, call 607.257.1882 or visit either the shelter or SPCA Annex at the Shop at Ithaca Mall.

For the second year in a row, a portion of Patriot Wine Slushy sales from The Great New York State Fair was donated to the Ithaca chapter of Team Red, White and Blue – created by Cornell University’s Veterans Colleague Network Group (VCNG).  On Saturday, December 10, Jase Baese, Team RWB’s Ithaca community captain since February of 2014, accepted a $600 check from the winery’s Tasting Room Manager, Brian Mulvey.

img_2673Cornell University helps support staff and faculty veterans through the Cornell Veteran’s Colleague Network Group, sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity. The group has led the way on several campus initiatives benefiting veterans, including launching the Ithaca chapter of Team Red, White and Blue, which is a national not-for-profit organization who aims to improve the lives of America’s veterans by re-engaging them in their communities through physical and social activities including fitness, racing and community gatherings.

The check out Team Red, White and Blue’s impact on the lives of countless American Veteran’s click HERE, or join the Team Red, White and Blue – Ithaca Community for updates on weekly exercise opportunities and monthly events.

During 2016 we continued our long standing tradition of contributing to the local food bank, donating a portion of our tasting room sales to the King Ferry Food Pantry, Inc. in an effort to help fight hunger in the local area.

From December 2015 through December 2016, the winery has raised a total of $6,696.88 which was collected directly from tasting fees with $1 from dreamstime_xl_31427220each $5 fee going to the charity.

The winery’s efforts will continue in the final weeks of 2016, and carry on into the following year.

The King Ferry Food Pantry, Inc. serves anyone in need, and is designated by the Food Bank of CNY to serve those living in the Southern Cayuga School District. In addition to food, the pantry has free books, children’s literacy programs, children’s holiday events, used clothing/toys, food tastings and periodic blood pressure screenings.

To volunteer or donate to the pantry, contact Debbie Patrick at 315.497.2049 or

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